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Marshall Watson Interiors

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Marshall Watson


A native of Kansas City, Marshall Watson received his Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University. Watson founded his design firm, Marshall Watson Interiors in 1986. A subtle blend of transatlantic and American design philosophies suffuses his work. Classic is his hallmark. Though richly layered and often romantic and elegant, his work always showcases a touch of the unexpected and is noted for its “calm and lightness of being.” As his client base has grown globally, his passion for researching and delving into each culture has only expanded his ability to be site specific and locally attuned.

Throughout Watson’s career, his work has graced the covers of and been frequently featured in many shelter publications, notably Architectural Digest, Veranda, House Beautiful, Luxe, House and Garden, Traditional Homes, Hamptons Cottages and Gardens and the New York Times. He has also been featured in New York Spaces, Metropolitan Home, The Chicago Tribune, as well as being a regular design columnist for the Southampton Press. He also received Traditional Home’s “Designer of the Year” award and has been featured on Luxe’s Gold List.

Watson has designed three best-selling furniture collections for Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman, and is currently working on his fourth. He also recently launched an outdoor rug collection with Doris Leslie Blau titled, “ELEGANCE OUTDOORS.”

Watson resides in Manhattan, and spends weekends at his home in East Hampton where he enjoys gardening.

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Kate Reid

Senior Designer

Kate grew up on the eastern coast of England before crossing the pond to attend Queens University in Canada. She moved to NYC to earn an MFA from Parsons before joining Marshall Watson Interiors in 2004. While working for MWI, she also received an Associate Degree in Interior Design from NYSID.

In her two decades with the firm, Kate’s projects have run the gamut from rustic mountain lodges and charming lakeside cottages to vibrant homes in tropical locales and beyond - each with its own distinct personality. Her colorful, maximal Manhattan apartment was published in House Beautiful in 2019. Kate lives on the Upper West Side with her wife and son.

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Alissa Deane

Senior Designer

A native New Yorker, Alissa grew up in Manhattan before attending the University of Vermont where she earned a Bachelor's degree in the Arts. She began her career working for several noteworthy NY based art galleries, and furthered her creative talents at the New York School of Interior Design where she earned her Master's degree in Fine Arts. After working for a number of residential interior design firms and high end, custom furniture companies, Alissa joined Marshall Watson Interiors in 2013.

Alissa has designed and managed projects up and down the Eastern Seaboard. From a traditional townhouse in Boston, to a fun yet polished condo in Miami, and a tailored estate in the Hamptons, her interiors are classic, comfortable, and timeless. Alissa lives with her husband, two children and dog, Brinkley, in SoHo, NY.

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Mercedes Ganes

Senior Designer

Mercedes grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She received her BA in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in mixed media. From there, she moved to NYC to pursue her love of design at NYSID and earned an Associate Degree in Interior Design. She worked for several notable design firms before joining the MWI team in 2013.

Since then, Mercedes has led projects across the country, from modern, art-filled beach houses to glamorous, city penthouses. Her designs are sophisticated, stylish and always done to the last detail. Mercedes lives in Westchester, NY with her husband and two boys.

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Nicole Rugnetta

Interior Designer

Nicole received her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Wentworth Institute of Technology located in Boston, MA. She moved to NYC directly after graduation and has been living and practicing interior design in NYC for 15 years. When Nicole is not in the office, you can find her at the beach with her two boys and dog, Johnny.

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Emma Scott

Junior Designer

Emma received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. After graduation, she moved from Atlanta to NYC and has been working at MWI since 2021. Outside of work, Emma enjoys exploring the city, reading, thrifting, and attending as many Broadway shows as possible.

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